This course is an exploration of Robert Frost’s poetic narrative of the New England landscape: farming, seasonal change, abandoning the land, ecological succession, and New England today. We will examine Frost’s background including his farming, his experience in New England and the events (such as the Agrarian diaspora) that shaped his relationship to the land.
INSTRUCTOR: Owen Sholes is a retired Assumption College Professor of Biology. He taught biology, ecology and environmental science. He has lived in rural Massachusetts for forty years, has given two conference presentations and written two articles and one book on the poetry of Robert Frost.
REQUIRED BOOK (select one): The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, E. C. Latham (ed.), Holt Publishing. ISBN: 9780805069860 or Robert Frost: Collected Poems, Prose and Plays, Richard Poirier (ed.), Library of America. ISBN: 9781883011062.
OPTIONAL READING: Stopping by Woods: Robert Frost as New England Naturalist. Owen D. V. Sholes, McFarland Books. ISBN: 9781476673189.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609